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Why Some Employers Are Telling Gay Workers to Marry

If they live in places where gay marriage is legal and want to keep health benefits

(Newser) - As the Supreme Court hashes out whether banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, some employers in states where gay marriage is legal are telling gay employees that they must say "I do" to keep their health benefits intact, the Wall Street Journal reports. Although the paper notes that a third... More »

Walmart Offers Benefits to Same-Sex Partners

Biggest US employer wants 1 policy for all states

(Newser) - Walmart is extending its health care benefits to its workers' domestic partners—including those of the same sex. America's largest private-sector employer, which has long been a target of attacks by labor groups for what they call skimpy wages and benefits, says the changes were made so it could... More »

62% of US Backs Same-Sex Unions

And younger generation is much more likely to support gay marriage: poll

(Newser) - Nearly two-thirds of Americans support same-sex unions, though not necessarily marriage, a new CBS News /New York Times poll finds. While 38% of respondents said gay couples should be allowed to marry, another 24% said they should be granted legal rights via civil unions, for a grand total of 62%... More »

In Bizarre Session, Colo. House Kills Civil Unions Bill

Republicans, Democrats at an impasse

(Newser) - An intense game of political chicken regarding civil union legislation took place last night in the Colorado House of Representatives, and when neither side backed down, the session ended in an impasse. The legislation to allow civil unions will not get a vote because the Legislature adjourns today, and a... More »

North Carolina Gay Marriage Ban Likely to Pass Today

Amendment would also ban other types of unions

(Newser) - North Carolina heads to the polls today, and the ballot issue getting the most attention is the state’s proposed ban on gay marriage . Though same-sex marriage has gotten some high-level support in the past few days, supporters of the amendment have been marching and running ads of their own... More »

Facebook Recognizes Civil Unions

Move wins praise from rights groups

(Newser) - Facebook has won lots of "likes" from gay rights groups for expanding its list of relationship status options. The social networking giant has added "in a civil union" and "in a domestic partnership" to the list of choices, which also includes options like "single" and "... More »

Straight Couples Want Same Rights as Gays in Britain

...their campaign is aimed at helping same-sex couples, too

(Newser) - In Britain, couples are fighting for “heterosexual equality”—and though that may sound homophobic, it’s not. Stephanie Munro and Andrew O'Neill plan to apply for a civil partnership this week and expect to be turned down—in Britain, such partnerships are for same-sex couples only—after which... More »

'Everything But Marriage' Law for Gays Passes in Wash.

Referendum 71 expands benefits for same-sex couples

(Newser) - A measure expanding benefits for same-sex couples, dubbed the “everything but marriage” law, has passed in Washington state, the first time such an equality measure has been approved at the state level by voters. Referendum 71 currently has about 52% of the votes, and a margin of 60,000,... More »

Obama Extending Federal Benefits to Gay Partners

(Newser) - President Obama plans to announce tomorrow that he's extending benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees, the Washington Post reports. The move, a victory for gay rights activists, will give the partners access to health care and other benefits. Obama's been under steady criticism from the gay community for... More »

While We're At It, Give Marriage a Bailout

Recession, laws making it more expensive, so make nuptials easier

(Newser) - Between the recession and various legal knots, it’s no wonder so many Americans are eschewing marriage, Mark Penn writes in the Wall Street Journal. Either go with the bailout flow and revamp tax codes and the like to make marriage easier and less financially constrictive, or use similar tactics... More »

Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Fly?

Pentagon-Congress flap spotlights tension over gay rights

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi acted to have a gay Congresswoman's domestic partner included on a military flight to Europe, and the question of government acknowledgment of same-sex partners continues to reverberate, the Politico reports. Tammy Baldwin’s partner took the March fact-finding trip, but Pelosi and Robert Gates are at odds over... More »

Calif. Court Considers Gay Marriage

Judges, who appear split, have 90 days to rule on ban

(Newser) - An overflow crowd and hundreds more outside a San Francisco courthouse listened yesterday as the California Supreme Court heard arguments on the state's gay marriage ban, the Los Angeles Times reports. The judges appeared split as lawyers argued for more than 3 1/2 hours. One judge asked if domestic partnership... More »

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